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Rising Pune Supergiants players Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan and Ajinkya Rahane during the event. (Photo Source: Facebook)

Kohli, Irfan, Rahane, and Ishant indulge in charitable work:

  • Cricketers Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan took a day off from their IPL schedule to spend time for some charity work in Pune.
  • The cricketers visited the children at the KEM Hospital in Pune. The players interacted with the children at the hospital. They also played games with the kids and shared their experiences on and off the field. For the players, it was heartening to see the undying spirit of the kids.
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Just one bad day for Gujarat Lions: Pravin Tambe:


  • Pravin Tambe termed the team’s defeat as “just one bad day” for the side and hoped for things to come good in the matches that follow.
  • “We have seven specialist batsmen in our side, who can turn the match single-handedly, but it was just one bad day for us that none of them could make runs except skipper Suresh Raina,” Tambe told media persons after the match.
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I don’t pressurize myself if I’m not scoring runs: Shikhar Dhawan:

  • It was a sigh of relief for Sunrisers Hyderabad supporters after their opener Shikhar Dhawan finally gave glimpse his old self, scoring a half century against Gujarat Lions at Rajkot. Dhawan had been in a miserable form since the World T20 and the poor run had plagued his IPL journey this season too.
  • Talking to after the match, Shikhar Dhawan said he never pressurizes himself. Even when he is going through a lean patch, he tries to keep himself motivated and takes it up as a new challenge.
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BCCI keen on launching National Commentators Academy:

  • The BCCI is planning to come up with another NCA and this time it would be named the National Commentators Academy.
  • According to a report in The Indian Express, the BCCI is mulling over a “new broadcasting enterprise” which could be titled the National Commentators Academy, where the board will tutor those interested in the profession on how to speak on air.
  • The academy will aim at training the interested people the basics of cricket commentary and inculcate the necessary skill sets needed to speak fluently on air.
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MCA moves to Supreme Court to hold IPL matches in Maharashtra:

  • The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s order to move the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches out of the city due to drought in the state.
  • The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and Maharashtra Cricket Association have filed a joint Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court to allow IPL matches to be held according to the original schedule in Maharashtra. The SLP was filed at the Supreme Court on Thursday.
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I’d love to play Test cricket again: Yuvraj Singh:

  • In a recent interview with Times of India, Yuvraj said that he was desperate to make a comeback to the field. At the launch of Puma’s bold Tricks collection, Yuvraj opened up to Time of India.
  • Yuvraj Singh talked about his future plans and said that that he would wait for his chance to play and will to give his best in whatever opportunity he get in the future.
  • “I’ve scored six-seven hundreds in the past couple of seasons in the Ranji Trophy . If I get a chance to play on spinning tracks, I’ve been playing spin well. I’d love to play Test cricket again. See, the selection isn’t in my hand. All I can do is try my best.”
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Sachin Tendulkar, Pepsi to help Maharashtra battle drought:

  • Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and soft drinks giants PepsiCo have come together to jointly help Maharashtra government tackle the acute water crisis in Marathwada. Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting with Sachin Tendulkar yesterday and tweeted about the meet.
  • “Delighted to meet Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar. He and Pepsi are assembling an arrangement for dry season help in Marathwada,” the Maharashtra Chief Minister tweeted after his meeting with the ‘Master Blaster.’
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Martin Guptill to play for Lancashire in T20 Blast:

  • New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has been signed by the county side of Lancashire for the upcoming domestic competition T20 Blast. Martin Guptill will be available for six Lancashire games between his commitments with Mumbai Indians in the IPL and New Zealand’s tour of South Africa.
  • Guptill, who is currently ranked number 3 in T20I batsmen rankings, is known for the flying starts he gives to his sides. Guptill is currently in India representing the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He was drafted into the IPL side as a replacement for Lendl Simmons.
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Day-night Test against India not finalized: New Zealand Cricket:

  • A day right after the BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur broke the news of India playing their first day-night Test against New Zealand, the New Zealand Cricket board has come up with a statement that the proposed fixture is not finalized yet.
  • Head of cricket operations at NZC, Lindsay Crocker, said the board had hardly had discussions about a day-night Test in India and had first heard of it only on Friday when Anurag Thakur broke the news at a press meet.
  • “The first I heard of it was the news that broke overnight, but [NZC chief executive] David [White] maybe a little closer to it because he is in Dubai at the [ICC] chief executive’s conference,” Crocker quoted while talking to
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PCB chairman Shahryar Khan to raise voice against the big three:

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan is all set to raise his voice against the big three, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA), and their influence on the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the ICC meetings.
  • The PCB is certainly disappointed with the BCCI as the latter canceled the bilateral tour between the two nations that was scheduled to take place in the month of December last year.
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8-year-old boy dies at Yuvraj Singh’s residence in Chandigarh:

  • An eight-year-old has reportedly died at cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s residence at Chandigarh. As per the reports, the boy died after the gate at the residence fell on him. It has also been reported that at the time when the mishap took place, there was nobody present at the house.
  • Both Yuvraj Singh and his mother were at their Gurugram residence when the incident took place. The accident happened at Yuvraj’ residence that is located in the Panchkula district of Haryana on April 19.
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MS Dhoni driven into controversy due to water crisis:

  • The acute water crisis in most parts of the country seems to have created yet another problem after India’s limited over skipper MS Dhoni was dragged into a controversy due to his swimming pool.
  • It is alleged that in spite of huge water crisis in MS Dhoni ’s native place Ranchi, 15,000 liters of water is being used to fill up the swimming pool of his ancestral home every day.
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BCCI waives off $42 million fine on WICB:

  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar announced that the fine imposed on West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for abandoning their 2014 India tour midway last year has been waived off.
  • A fine amount for $41.97 million was slapped on the WICB in 2014 by BCCI as the West Indies players left after the fourth ODI on a tour that was scheduled to have five ODIs, a T20I and three Tests. The fine was imposed to compensate the revenue losses caused due to an unfinished tour.
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Ravichandran Ashwin picks up his All-time International XI:

  • Sportstar organized a contest  #AskAshwinContest on twitter wherein the fans get a chance to interact with the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. One of the fans asked Ashwin to pick up his all time favorite International XI.
  • Ashwin, who has been involved quite a lot banters, played it safe and shared an XI only comprising of ex-cricketers. Ashwin, who is known for his witty remarks on Twitter, was also asked who his favorite spinner was among Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, and Anil Kumble.
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